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$1500 Proposed gaming build, need feedback

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February 16, 2012 8:27:01 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: March

Budget Range: 1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Livestreaming, Browsing web

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Optical Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Compability

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need this to be fairly quiet and cool and somewhat future oriented.

My proposed build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1G/OC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SSD: Crucial m4 CT128M4SSD2BAA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM



I've linked these individually but whatever could be in a combo, already is.
Totals to $1390 before rebates.
Looking for any suggestions or problems with compatibility or issues with any of the products listed.
Also looking for suggestions/feedback on what can be added or improved as my current budget allows $1500.
February 16, 2012 8:42:27 AM

For overclocking, you'll need a good CPU cooler. The Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus or EVO are fine.

However, that tall ram will interfere with most coolers. Best to get the standard profile stuff.

Being a bit conservative on such matters, I would bump the PSU to 750 watts. 650 would work, but it would also have to work a little harder than 750w thus shortening it's life.

Other than that is looks very good.
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February 16, 2012 8:50:47 AM

Thanks for the quick reply, always appreciated.

For $30 I already had that exact model of CPU cooler in mind, which is fine.
That case is pretty large and shouldn't have any problem containing it.
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Also have no problem getting lower profile ram to facilitate the cooler!

Totally understand a 750 or even 850W PSU as well to allow for both CPU/GPU OC, and or future Crossfire.

Those changes would probably fill me out at just around $1500.

Anyone have any other feedback as far as compatibility or different components?

Thanks!

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February 16, 2012 9:54:07 AM

asus Sabertooth instead of the pro
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February 16, 2012 11:59:59 AM

serialkiller said:
asus Sabertooth instead of the pro

The pro is better. Future upgradeability is better.
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February 17, 2012 3:02:56 PM

Yeah i was thinking pro was better when I compared the two.
Definately looking for at least a slight future proof build for the time being.

Anything last minute thoughts/suggestions before this is finalized over the weekend?
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